Appalachian State University’s Gadugi Partnership, which is housed in the Reich College of Education, is hosting the ninth annual Selu Lecture March 14, 2022.
- Date: Monday, March 14, 2022
- Time: 2:00 pm
- Location: Attic Window (Room 137 C in the Plemmons Student Union) or Online via Zoom (Register for the link)
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The lecture is part of the national and international celebration of Women’s History Month during March. Named in honor of Selu, the Cherokee corn-mother, First Woman and goddess of the corn, the lecture seeks to honor the matrilineal culture of the Cherokee by highlighting the remarkable contributions of contemporary Cherokee women leaders.
This year’s event features Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, residing in Qualla, North Carolina. She holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her debut novel, Even As We Breathe, was a finalist for the Weatherford Award, named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020, and received the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award (2021). Clapsaddle’s work appears in Yes! Magazine, Lit Hub, and The Atlantic. She teaches secondary English and Cherokee Studies, is an editor for the Appalachian Futures Series (UPK), and serves on the board of trustees for the North Carolina Writers Network.
About the Gadugi Partnership
The Gadugi Partnership is led by Dr. Allen Bryant, associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. The program's goals include student recruitment and teacher education at Cherokee High School, with the ultimate goal of working together — the meaning of Gadugi in Cherokee — to preserve Cherokee culture.
Through this partnership, the students have the opportunity to earn college credits for an elective course offered by Appalachian. Classes are taught on site at the high school and through Skype and Google Hangouts by Bryant.